As of 2009, the China Seminar became a signature program of the Friends of the East-West Center under the guidance of Professor Daniel W.Y. Kwok, its founding convener over 37 years ago. The China Seminar provides an informal venue for China experts, such as scholars, diplomats, and journalists, to present talks on aspects of China that interest our members and the local community. These topics cover politics, economics, social issues, history, culture, food, arts, and many other subjects. The seminars are held the second Thursday of each month (except during the summer) at the Maple Garden Chinese Restaurant.